De Gaulle's visit was not a great success. There were Free French people there and they stood rigidly to attention immediately the General walked in. The English also fell silent. The General drank a glass of wine and spoke with Victor. For as long as he was there the pub was stilled. When he left it became even more animated than usual.
In April 1960 de Gaulle, then President of the Republic, made an official visit to London. Gaston Berlemont turned out to watch him during one of his journeys round the capital. To his surprise the General pointed at him, "Not as fine as your father's," he said. He was referring to Gaston's whiskers.
The pub displayed de Gaulle's famous poster of June 1940, that which said that France had lost a battle but had not lost the war. It stayed in place until it was stolen, in the Seventies.Reuse content